CSUF Honors GAN’s Founder & Executive Director Bonnie Gillman

Bonnie Gillman, Founder and Executive Director of the Grandparent Autism Network and the Family Autism Network program, will be honored on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at California State University-Fullerton’s Honor An Educator event. Bonnie initiated cost-free Socials for Adults with Autism and their Caregivers in 2014 with enthusiastic assistance from faculty members and students at CSUF. Those successful events enabled her to form a unique collaboration with CSUF, Chapman University and the University of California-Irvine. Faculty members and students from all 3 campuses assist at socials – and now students from 10 colleges and universities also participate.  

Last October, CSUF hosted 350 guests at the annual Spooktacular Social. The socials enable students to learn about the challenges confronting individuals with autism and how autism impacts three generations in families. Students arrive at the Socials as volunteers – and they leave as autism advocates!

Please support CSUF and this event that honors Bonnie Gillman with the Distinguished Education Partner Award. If you cannot attend, please          consider making a donation that benefits the CSUF College of Education.



Dr. Ellen Junn

President, California State University, Stanislaus 

Distinguished Education Leadership Award


Zoila Gallegos ’13

Assistant Principal, Brookhurst Junior High School 

Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award


Tracy Siudzinski ’08

Manager, Learning & Development, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union 

Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award


Westminster School District
Distinguished Education Excellence Award


Bonnie Gillman

Founder and Executive Director, Grandparent Autism Network and 
Family Autism Network Program 

Distinguished Education Partner Award


Dan O. Black ’67

Trustee, Black Family Trust 
Distinguished Education Community Partner Award

Honor an Educator is a special event paying tribute to community educators and partners who have made a difference in the lives of their students and communities.

You have the opportunity to recognize and honor an extraordinary teacher in your life! Honoring an educator is a meaningful way to applaud the work of educators who impact others every day.

Event proceeds support scholarships for future teachers in Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education.